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"History is a living horse laughing at a wooden horse. History is a wind blowing where it listeth. History is no sure thing to bet on. History is a box of tricks with a lost key. History is a labyrinth of doors with sliding panels, a book of ciphers with the code in a cave of the Saragossa sea. History says, if it pleases, Excuse me, I beg your pardon, it will never happen again if I can help it."

—Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) American writer known for free verse, Smoke and Steel

 

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Books Of Style: Three New Books On Luxurious Cold-Weather Escapes 
  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:01:30 GMT 
    Three new books shed sun-drenched light on the world’s most luxurious cold-weather retreats, from Monte Carlo to the Caribbean to Palm Beach.








ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: ‘Deep Down Dark’ 
  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:09:28 GMT 
    Héctor Tobar discusses “Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free.”








Atticus Lish’s Long Route to 'Preparation for the Next Life' 
  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:53:37 GMT 
    Atticus Lish, author of the well-received novel “Preparation for the Next Life,” took a circuitous path to his career.








ArtsBeat: Daniel Handler Apologizes Over ‘Racist’ Comment at National Book Awards 
  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:46:55 GMT 
    The author, who hosted the awards ceremony Wednesday night, apologized profusely for what he described as a racist comment.








Critic's Take: The End of Biography 
  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:09:57 GMT 
    How can thousand-page biographies continue to compete for the attention of readers?


‘The Republic of Imagination,’ by Azar Nafisi 
  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:09:57 GMT 
    Azar Nafisi uses three classic novels as a window on American society.


Stephen King’s ‘Revival’ 
  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:09:56 GMT 
    Two men are locked in a battle of wills in Stephen King’s novel of fanaticism and what might exist on the other side of life.


‘All My Puny Sorrows,’ by Miriam Toews 
  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:09:55 GMT 
    In Miriam Toews’s novel, a writer travels to a Winnipeg hospital to spend time with her sister, who has attempted suicide.


‘Something Rich and Strange,’ by Ron Rash 
  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:09:54 GMT 
    Ron Rash’s stories portray the Appalachian landscape in all its brutal, exquisite complexity.


‘A Chosen Exile,’ by Allyson Hobbs 
  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:09:54 GMT 
    A cultural history of passing examines individual stories and questions the meaning of racial identity.


Children's Audiobooks: ‘The Port Chicago 50’ and ‘The Family Romanov’ 
  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:09:54 GMT 
    Two audiobooks for young readers tell stories about the past.


Nuruddin Farah’s ‘Hiding in Plain Sight’ 
  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:09:54 GMT 
    The terrorist killing of a Somali U.N. official brings strife to his family in Nuruddin Farah’s novel.


‘The Chain,’ by Ted Genoways 
  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:09:50 GMT 
    In the tradition of “The Jungle,” a journalist investigates the hidden costs — animal, human, environmental — of cheap meat.


Children's Audiobooks: Jason Segel Reads ‘Nightmares!’ 
  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:09:50 GMT 
    Twelve-year-old Charlie must confront his own fears to save his brother from the netherworld.


Audiobooks: ‘Gravity’s Rainbow,’ Read by George Guidall 
  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:09:50 GMT 
    A skilled audiobook performance brings new life to “Gravity’s Rainbow” at age 41.
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